Nate Silver hates hippies:
In December, I posted ratings for each Democratic Representative based on how they voted on 10 key agenda items in 2009. The idea was to see how each Democrat voted relative to the partisan slant of his district; a Democrat voting for the cap-and-trade bill in a Republican-leaning district would get quite a bit of credit for that, for instance, while one voting for the same measure in a district with a PVI of D+15 would get almost no credit for the vote since almost every Representative from such a district voted for the bill anyway.[….]
But what if we don’t build in an exception for the so-called “liberal no’s” — that is, simply take every vote at face value? It turns out, then, that Davis is no longer the least valuable Democrat. Instead, it is Dennis Kucinich, who voted against health care, the hate crimes bill, the budget, the cap-and-trade bill, and financial regulation — all ostensibly from the left — in spite of coming from from the strongly Democratic Ohio 10th district near Cleveland.
Nate goes on to mention that, indeed, Kucinich may be moving the Overton windows somehow.
My question: couldn’t Kucinich do this on less important votes? And why do so many wank about Overton windows while mocking eleven-dimensional chess? A pony plan is a pony plan is a pony plan…..
Pass the fucking bill and you can fuck around Overton windows all you want to, Dennis.